As if he were “El Chapo”: why Genaro García Luna arouses fears among New York prosecutors

Genaro Garcia Luna, former Secretary of Security linked to Sinaloa Cartel, awakens great fears between prosecutors of the Eastern District Court of New York, because your case will be judged with provisions for a highly dangerous boss What Joaquin Guzman Loera, the Chapo.

In a memorandum addressed to the prosecutor Breon Peace it is argued that the former Mexican official represents serious threats to the case. Hence it has been requested the names of the members of the jury are not publicly revealed and that these be escorted each morning and evening from their homes to court.

Names, addresses, places of work will not be informed either to the parties or to the press, meanwhile, the United States Marshals Service He will safeguard the jurors and separate them from the public each day of the trial. This is what has been asked of the prosecutor.

The defendant and the Sinaloa Cartel have a long and historical interference in the judicial process in Mexico and have the means to do so in this case, including in the United States.

Then the scope of the criminal organization extends to more continents than America. It has partners in various regions of the planet and New York is no exception.

Following the trial against Guzmán Loera, prosecutors point out, the Sinaloa Cartel unleashed a wave of terrible violence to protect itself from enemies, dispute the territory and silence those who could cooperate with the forces of order.

The government expects that numerous witnesses with a history of involvement in this violent conduct on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel will testify that they paid the defendant for his critical assistance.

Not only that, the brooklyn court has already accepted that the Chapo Guzman it’s a character with a history of criminal violence that they forced to proceed with caution with the jury in their process in the same venue.

In the trial against the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, the test graders remained anonymous and were isolated from the general public by being escorted to court and staying outside of the building’s common spaces

“The government concerned that the accused and his co-conspirators may launch a campaign of harassment, intimidation and / or violence against witnesses and their families, ”adds the 23-page motion.

Ismael Zambada García (Photo: US State Department Office)
Ismael Zambada García (Photo: US State Department Office)

The prosecution ensures that millionaire payments that García Luna received from the Sinaloa Cartel They were made by the top leaders, among them, Ismael Zambada Garcia, the Mayo, who has not been arrested, and his brother, Jesus Zambada, the Rey, who was arrested and testified in the trial against him Chapo Guzman.

Given the prominent nature of the accused and his extensive ties to one of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations, jurors may not be willing or able to render impartial verdicts if their identities are made public.

According to the accusations, the former Secretary of Security with Felipe Calderón ordered members of the Mexican federal police to protect the routes used by the cartel.

It also contributed security personnel for the organization’s top management criminal. It also provided the cartel with information on investigations carried out by the agents, as well as intelligence data that benefited them in their operations.

For this reason it is alleged that García Luna used his position as a top-level official in a corrupt way to intervene in favor of the criminal group and in a clear case of non-compliance with the Law. accusations are extremely seriousprosecutors warn.


Although the defendant did not run the Sinaloa Cartel like his co-conspirator Guzmán Loera did, he played an integral role in his actions.

When he was no longer part of the government, after 2012, the former Calderón secretary traveled to Miami where he lived in luxurious residences that are investigated as a product of their criminal past. In addition to this, he also lied to the United States authorities by not pointing out his criminal ties.

By then had already significantly increased his patrimony. The current Mexican authorities seek the confiscation of assets for an amount that amounts to $ 250 million. This process is in a South Florida court and is led by the Financial Intelligence Unit.

More significant, perhaps, than the resources the defendant has amassed are the defendant’s deep-seated ties to the highest levels of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection, a department led by García Luna from 2006 to 2012, assured on recent November 30 that there are no longer any high-level employees associated with the defendant in New York. Although other former officials are fugitives and some more remain in positions of their close circle.

Felipe Calderón and Genaro García Luna (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
Felipe Calderón and Genaro García Luna (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

Luis Cardenas Palomino, one of the co-defendants, was arrested in the middle of this year for torture. He is in prison and awaiting investigations that lead him to trial in Mexico. While Eduardo Small, the other implicated in Brooklyn, has managed to evade justice.

These other high-level corrupt officials, along with other members of the Sinaloa Cartel, are likely willing to assist the accused given the extent and importance of their involvement.

“They are in positions where they can intimidate or harm jurors. For its part, jurors would be rightly concerned about efforts to intimidate or threaten their lives based on the early trial testimony informing you of the connections of the accused with the highest level of the Sinaloa Cartel, ”the prosecutors indicated.

Besides all that, A possible media intervention has also been planned in the case, due to the great coverage it has already generated in the press. Even when the formal process where the evidence to define innocence or guilt has not even been carried out.

The expected media attention can put significant pressure on jurors to reach a verdict based on considerations other than the evidence presented at trial, for example, to avoid the notoriety associated with the defendant or to seek fame.

Genaro Garcia Luna Your rights can be affected by an anonymous jury, but this can be corrected with a questionnaire and a thorough selection process that guarantees the impartiality of the process, according to New York prosecutors.

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